(FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Opportunity NumberFOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2020-0004
Opportunity Title(FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Post DateMay 5, 2020 (Tuesday)
Last Updated DateMay 5, 2020 (Tuesday)
Close DateFebruary 15, 2021 (Monday)
Award Amount$200,000 - $600,000 (total funding : $7,200,000)

Funding Detail Description

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). The program is sponsored and managed by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD [R&E]), awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and administered through the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The DoD plans to award FY20 DEPSCoR appropriations through this announcement.The aim of DEPSCoR is to improve the research capabilities at institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States/Territories to perform competitive basic research in science and engineering that is relevant to the DoD mission and reflect national security priorities. The Basic Research Office anticipates approximately $7.2 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately twelve (12) awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each. Each award will be funded up to $200,000 (total cost) per year for three (3) years in the form of a grant. The FY20 DEPSCoR competition seeks proposals addressing the following topic areas as detailed in the full announcement in the Related Documents folder:Cognitive and Computational NeurosciencesSpace ScienceAgile Science of Test and EvaluationMaterials with Extreme PropertiesPropulsion and EnergeticsComputational Architectures and VisualizationOptoelectronicsProbability and StatisticsMolecular Structure and DynamicsSocial and Behavioral ScienceBiotronicsAerospace Structures and MaterialsOcean AcousticsMachine Learning, Reasoning, and IntelligencePower Electronics & Electromagnetism, Adaptive & Machinery Controls and Advanced Machinery Systems

Funding Additional Information

Agency NameAir Force Office of Scientific Research
Important Dates
Post DateMay 5, 2020 (Tuesday)
Close DateFebruary 15, 2021 (Monday)
Last Updated DateMay 5, 2020 (Tuesday)
Archive DateMarch 17, 2021 (Wednesday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$200,000
Award Ceiling$600,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$7,200,000
Expected Number Of Awards12
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationOUSD Basic Research Directorate FY20 DEPSCoR Pilot
Additional Information URLhttps://basicresearch.defense.gov/Pilots/DEPSCoR-Defense-Established-Program-to-Stimulate-Competitive-Research/

CFDA Numbers

Next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this grant.
  • 12.431 - Basic Scientific Research

Categories of Funding Activities

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Category Explanation

  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

  • Others

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely 1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), henceforth referred to as Applicant, a full-time faculty member who has never served as a PI on a prior DoD-funded award and 2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), henceforth referred to as Collaborator, an investigator who will provide mentorship to the Applicant and has served as a PI on a DoD-funded research award actively between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2020. This structure is aimed at introducing potential applicants to the DoD’s unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem. The website https://discover.dtic.mil/products-services/ is a non-comprehensive repository of government-funded scientific, technical, and engineering information for the DoD. Researchers new to DoD and Applicants are encouraged to visit the site as a starting point for identifying past and present DoD-funded researchers. While each member of the collaboration should be in a tenure-track appointment or tenured at IHE in DEPSCoR-eligible States/Territories, you do not need to be in the same state. Likewise, the Applicant and Collaborator can have appointments at the same IHE. Though this is a collaboration between the Applicant and Collaborator, the Applicant’s IHE will submit the proposal. The Applicant and Collaborator are eligible to apply to this announcement if both IHE are located in an eligible State/Territory. States/Territories are deemed eligible to submit proposals for DEPSCoR research grants based on meeting both of the following criteria: 1. Falls into a specific range of DoD R&D S&E funding to IHE in that State/Territory as defined in legislation -- AND -- 2. Contains an advanced degree granting program in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. IHE in the following 37 States/Territories are eligible to receive awards under this announcement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor ContactElaina L Barker
Grants Officer
(If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, contact the Grants Officer.)